Rothwell

The second annual Woolpack Inn horticultural show held on Saturday was again a huge success with excellent numbers of entries in the various classes despite the poor growing season in which many growers were badly affected.

The results were: Portsmouth Shield for miniature garden (primary age) Daniel Hill; Chairman's Cup for miniature garden (secondary age) S Goode; Alistair Mackay Commemorative Coins for a variety of different classes other than those below C Simpson, T Gibson, C McLoughlin, J Butler, M Harris (2), J & R Wright (2).

The John Hacket Cup for oddest vegetable C Beasley; K B Contractors Shield for heaviest marrow M Harris; Store Shield for longest runner bean, J&R Wright; Potbelly Brewery Shield for heaviest onion, C Beasley; UKOS Shields for best onions from sets and seeds M Harris, J Goode; John Newman Hairdressing Shield for most outstanding exhibit in show Brachers Allotments; Mac's Annual Award for a display of table vegetables J Butler; Woolpack Inn Shield for overall champion in vegetable classes J Butler.

The show raised over 500 for charity

Rothwell Methodist Ladies Fellowship members welcomed their new minister Rev Margaret Eales at their meeting of September 4. The Rev Eales introduced herself and made everyone welcome. Her talk was very well received and was greatly appreciated.

The Fellowship meets again at 2.30pm on Tuesday in the Methodist Church on Market Hill with guest speaker Jan Leaver. Ladies of all ages are invited. Church membership is not a necessary requirement.

The United Reform Church Ladies Fellowship meets at 2.30pm on Wednesday in the Chamberlain Meeting Room of the Fox Street church. Details are available from Daphne on 01536 711175

AN annual general meeting is on the agenda of this week's meeting of Rothwell Ladies Thursday Club. It is at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church on Market Hill.

All ladies are very welcome at this friendly club. Details are available from Ann on 710774 or Shirley on 418197

Rothwell Town Football Club's fortnightly Sunday evening dance takes place tomorrow from 7.30pm to 10.30pm in the Top of the Town Ballroom in Cecil Street.

All old and new patrons are welcome, to enjoy old time, modern, ballroom and popular sequence style dances. Music by DJ Dave and admission is 2.50.

An exhibition is in the planning stage to commemorate Rothwell's international star of stage and screen and the voice of the Harry Potter books, known to older Rowellians as Jimmy Smith of Jubilee Street.

The Heritage Archive has the odd one or two photographs of Jim at school and would welcome any others that his schoolmates may have that could be added to the archive and the exhibition.

Your memories and anecdotes of Jim in his school and teenage years prior to his being discovered by Carol Levis at Kettering's Savoy Theatre and his propulsion into the world of entertainment would also be very welcome to form a lasting memorial in his home town.

Younger readers will recognise Jim better by his international name of Jim Dale.

Rothwell Workers' Education Association branch is to hold a 10-week course entitled Quakers Past and Present starting on Monday from 7.30pm to 9pm in Rothwell Heritage Centre at 14/16 Bridge Street.

The cost is 37.50 with concessions available. For details and booking call Iris on 01536711435.

The branch will also hold a 10-week course Villages of the Middle Nene.

Oundle and Thrapston are major crossing points of the Nene and this course will study the history of these towns and surrounding villages during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. It will include a field trip.

It starts on Tuesday and is from 2pm to 3.30pm in the residents' lounge of the Manor Gardens Complex in Rushton Road.

The cost is 37.50 with concessions available.

Do you have memories of the old outdoor swimming pool at the bottom of the recreation ground?

More importantly, do you have any photographs taken in or around the old baths?

If you have and would be willing to loan or donate photos to the Rothwell Heritage Centre in Bridge Street please pop them into the centre during opening times, together with any relevant written information.

Photographs can be copied on to the centre's archive and the originals returned to the owner. Written memories are also welcomed.

exhibitions in the art galleries of Rothwell Heritage Centre at 14/16 Bridge Street include, in the main gallery, work by local artists, plus a selection of glass sculptures, tiaras and handmade teddy bears. Cards for all occasions are for sale until September 29.

The exhibition room has a display by artists involved with the centre's art groups.

There is much to see and enjoy and much to learn about Rothwell in the ground floor heritage rooms with a great amount of information from the late 1700s, a large number of county and local books for sale and all-purpose cards depicting photographs of the town's historic buildings.

Opening times are 10.30am to 1pm on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Special opening times apply tomorrow and next Sunday, from 2pm to 4pm.

Group visits outside these times can be arranged by contacting Catherine on 01536 711550 or by e-mailing manager.rothwellheritagearts@googlemail.com

Can you help to solve this problem? Rothwell Heritage centre is in possession of a trophy inscribed Small Clubs Friendly League Skittles Trophy. Can you provide any relevant information in respect of this league?

Tomorrow morning Rothwell-born ex-county parish footpath warden Stan Rowlat will be leading his sixth and last of the season's Midland Co-op sponsored walks.

It starts from Rothwell Market House on Market Hill at 10.30am and is three to four miles long and should last 2 hours. There is no charge and dogs can be taken but must be on leads at all times. Please assemble for a prompt start.

Everyone is invited to a coffee morning and sale of bric-a-brac, books and cakes this morning from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Methodist Church on Market Hill. There will be no clothing on sale.

A coffee morning takes place at the church at the same time next Saturday.

Rothwell Historical Society meets at 7.30pm on Thursday in Rothwell Heritage centre at 14/16 Bridge Street with Beryl and Tony Whitney speaking on the Pubs and Coaching Inns of Northamptonshire.

Admission is 1.50 and includes refreshments.

Rothwell Victoria Townswomen's Guild meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Top of the Town Ballroom when Mrs Margaret Dover will talk on Emus for Pleasure or Profit. The monthly competition is to dress a boiled egg.

Ladies of all ages are welcome to attend Guild meetings either as a visitor or potential new member. Details are available by calling Gladys on 01536 710207 or Mary on 712 741